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Edwards returns on plane bringing wounded Haitians

Posted January 24, 2010

— A group of 33 wounded evacuees from Haiti arrived in Broward County, accompanied by former U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards.

A C-130 carrying the group arrived Saturday morning at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The Broward Sheriff's Office reports 15 of the passengers were critically injured.

Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, has been in Haiti helping with humanitarian efforts and rode with a child taken to Broward General Medical Center for treatment. Others were taken to various hospitals in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

The sheriff's office reports that planes with wounded evacuees have been arriving for the past week. Another seven injured people, including two children, arrived Sunday morning.

Edwards arrived in Haiti Thursday, the same day he issued a statement acknowledging for the first time that he is the father of the nearly 2-year-old daughter of his ex-mistress, Rielle Hunter.

He traveled with a group of doctors and planned to deliver medical supplies and aid such as food and generators. He also planned to review schools he had been involved with in the past and see what help they needed.

"I was in Haiti about a year ago and was really touched by the people here and what they were going through," Edwards told CBS News. "When the earthquake hit, I saw these images that you guys brought back to America. And it was heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking. So we started organizing, trying to figure out what we could do here."

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  • itsmyownopinion Jan 25, 6:54 p.m.

    WWJD, j?

  • jgriffith3792 Jan 25, 6:49 p.m.

    “Fact is everyone seems desperate to make it about Edwards” - Myra

    ummmm....excuse me...the article is about Edwards.

    After the last comment of yours about sterilization and the “masses here in NC” said I wasn’t going to reply to anymore of your rants, but you really got me on that last one.

    BTW, my position has nothing to do with “moral superiority.” It’s actually very simple - I feel the same way about Edwards that you feel about Gingrich (who was not even mentioned in the article??? But for the record, I feel the same about Gingrich as you do, just not quite as strong).

    So, maybe if I’m trying to feel morally superior, perhaps I am not the only one? Maybe?

    Anyway, Myra, I applaud your tenacity. Enjoy the rest of the evening, I am sure it will be a lovely one in the world you live in. Let’s be sure and catch up when Andrew Young’s book comes out, ok?

  • Myra Jan 25, 5:55 p.m.

    jgriffith3792 is unaware that this is America, land of the lawsuits, frivolous to insane? [well lawsuits for everyone but Crystal Mangum that is] -- I think that jgriffith3792 just needs to feel morally superior to Mr. Edwards and is using this venue for that purpose. I'm assuming all these Edwards bashers are morally pure and clean as a whistle . . . . Fact is everyone seems desperate to make it about Edwards; ME - I want the torture stopped, I want COLA and health insurance for the elderly and children; and that won't happen under Newt Gingrich who poses the biggest threat right now to our family values and morals. Bush's trillion dollar war has given us what? besides body counts and bloodbaths and ............. OIL ?

    WTG Mr. Edwards for carrying on good deeds and helping the Haitians. God Bless Elizabeth for putting up with you morale buster miscreants.

  • EZeegoing Jan 25, 5:40 p.m.

    Wildcat, open the windows and get some fresh air, what have you been sniffing ?

  • jgriffith3792 Jan 25, 5:16 p.m.

    Regarding posts about Edwards suing the Red Cross, which I didn't recall, would you rather the blood supply is safe, just in case you need some, or not? - itsmyownopinion

    At the time of Edwards’ suits, it was safe. The AIDs outbreak had brought about new testing and regulation for blood supplies. Edwards was going back and finding folks who had transfusions prior to the regs and who now had AIDs – whether it was transfusion/Red Cross related or not - in an attempt to sue the Red Cross. He was even teaching other trial lawyers how to sue in their states – reasonable doubt is all that is needed to get a huge settlement.

    Sorry, but John Edwards typically does not do anything for the greater good.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 25, 5:01 p.m.

    If you bash Edwards for going to Haiti to help, wouldn’t you do the same if he did NOT go to Haiti to help? Doesn’t that make YOU the one with the problem?

    Yea, the guy cheated on his wife. Isn't that his personal, family matter? What's it matter to you in your life?

    Or, maybe you so-called "less government" people want to start up the archaic adultery death penalty again?

  • itsmyownopinion Jan 25, 4:58 p.m.

    Regarding posts about Edwards suing the Red Cross, which I didn't recall, would you rather the blood supply is safe, just in case you need some, or not?

    "Edwards sued the American Red Cross three times, alleging transmission of AIDS through tainted blood products, resulting in a confidential settlement each time..." Wiki

  • wildcat Jan 25, 4:36 p.m.

    Mr. Edwards will one day be our president.

  • 4Strikes Jan 25, 4:11 p.m.

    He's an ambulance chasing lawyer. Most definitely just looking for some good orgaization to sue...He's already raked the Red Cross over the coals to line his own pockets.

  • wildcat Jan 25, 4:07 p.m.

    MY POINT IS EDWARDS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COUNTRY OR THIS STATE ANYMORE

    Sure he does. He is the man for NC. Where have you been. Its all over the news. He is a good man in more ways than one.

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